Archive for the ‘Family Life on The Vineyard’ Category
Monday, March 4th, 2013
Welcome to the first week of March. It’s been a little scary during the past week when you could drive through 5-Corners mid-afternoon and see not one car in any direction; the uptick in traffic now that school vacation week has ended comes as kind of a relief.
And speaking of schools and such: tomorrow March 5th, at MVRHS from 4:30 to 6pm, you can register for any of over 30 classes and seminars being offered for adults at the high school this spring. Classes and seminars cover Arts & Communication, Business and Computers, Cooking, History, Healthcare and Fitness, Writing, Languages, and more. Online registration also available at www.acemv.org. At 7 pm the same evening at the Vineyard Haven Library Ann Charnley will be discussing Parlor Politics and the Ladies of Liberty — an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families-and their country-proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.
If the warmer weather has you anxious to get outside during the week ahead brings two opportunities: One winter walk being held at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on March 7th and the second two days later at Polly Hill Arboretum. Also at Polly Hill this week will be two programs focusing on apples – the first on March 8th explores the historyof the apple and the second on March 9th is a hands-on seminars on pruning apple trees.
On Friday night march 8th, the harbor View Hotel once again hosts PechaKucha Night, devised in Japan in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Reservations are required if you’d like to present. Food and drink will be available for purchase. 7:30-9 pm.
On Saturday March 9th wrap up the week with Disco & Dinner with the kids at Family Dance-O-Rama at Dreamland MV. DJ Shizz spins your favorite dance tunes from Pop to Hip-Hop. Refreshments & family-friendly menu available during event. No cover.
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Monday, February 25th, 2013
The week ahead brings the end of February and the arrival of March, the month that bridges the gap between winter and spring. A quiet week it will be do as Island kids and their families head off Island for winter break and winter vacations.
In anticipation, Island organizations will be offering all sorts of interesting programs for those kids and their families who will be a staycation right here on Martha’s Vineyard.
Over at the MV Museum a decoy painting class for kids will be offered in the Museum Library on Wednesday, February 27th beginning at 1pm. Reservations are required for an accurate materials count. Call Chris at the Museum, 508-627-4441 x110. The cost is $8 for members and $12 for non-members. All materials will be provided. If the class fills, we will make other sessions available during vacation week. The Art of the Hunt: Martha’s Vineyard Decoys will remain on exhibit at the Museum through March 23rd.
Le Roux in Vineyard Haven will be hosting Julie Vanderhoop of Aquinnah’s Orange Peel Bakery for their Wednesday cooking demo…a great opportunity to learn some yummy recipes to sweeten these last days of winter.
On Thursday February 28th, weather permitting, the Trustees of Reservations invite kids and their families to stop by Long Point Wildlife Refuge during February school vacation to complete a Quest and scavenger hunt. The Visitor’s Center will be open with snacks and hot drinks. Explore with family and friends through exciting inquiry this unique property on the south shore of the Vineyard! Event is free.
The same evening Oak Bluffs Library screens a PG-13 movie about an ex-jewel thief who receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. All to soon, the two companions try their luck as a heist team. 6-8 pm. Free and all are welcome.
Be sure to take some time this week to browse through the ACE MV Spring brochure of classes being offered at the High School and occasionally other locations around the Island. Registration is on Tuesday, March 5th. Learn something new before the summer sets in and enjoy the week ahead. ServicesShare
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Though MV is coming off of another snowy episode there are definite signs that winter is in retreat. Temperatures are rising and sunny mornings are filled with bird song. Island families are planning getaways of their own for the upcoming winter school break. By the time they return, it’ll be March and just a few weeks away from the spring equiniox!
With the temperatures heading into the 40s today, it’s not at all surprising that the Island turns it’s attention to the outdoors this week. On Tuesday February 19, Matt Pelikan from the Nature Conservancy, Allan Keith, chronicler of Island natural history and Lanny McDowell, artist and bird photographer, will impart everything you wanted to know about Birding on the Vineyard at the OB Library from 6-8 pm.
Later in the week, on February 22 (happy birthday President Washington!) you can put your new found expertise to the test at Felix Neck’s Full Moon Owl Prowl. Look, listen, and learn about these nocturnal birds. Observe the Sanctuary’s resident barn owls in their owl cam and perhaps out on the trails, then warm up with hot chocolate and tea at the Nature Center.
Come Saturday, it’s time to step out and have some fun. Kids and families can celebrate the weekend with disco and dinner at Dreamland MV’s favorite all-age dance party, Family Dance-O-Rama. Bust a move on the dancefloor as DJ Shizz spins your favorite dance tunes from Pop to Hip-Hop. Refreshments & family-friendly menu available.
Later the same evening party at the The Meat Ball from 6-10 pm at the Ag Hall. A variety of FARM Institute sausages paired with Morning Glory Farm sauerkraut and other fine side dishes followed by live music and dancing by The Daytrippers. All you can eat dinner from 6-7:30 pm, Dancing 7:30-10 pm. Tickets at the door. Please bring your own place setting & drinks. Admission is $25/adult or $40/two adults, $10 kids 12 & under unless of course you’ve participated in ….
Jefferson Munroe’s ( GOOD Farm) Sausage Making Workshop from 10 am-1 pm. The fee for this workshop is $45 and includes hands-on demo and 1/2 price admission to the Meat Ball. Using island-raised, all natural, heritage breed pork from The FARM Institute, participants will make different varieties of sausages. Includes a tasting and sausages to take home. Registration required. Call 508-627-7007 to sign up.
Enjoy the Week Ahead!
Monday, February 11th, 2013
As I write this on Friday the Island is bracing for the mighty blizzard scheduled to engulf the Northeast over the weekend. It makes it a little difficult to anticipate the week ahead: Will we still be digging ourselves out of the snowdrifts as the new week starts? Will we have the electric that keeps all our connectivity humming happily along? Or will the Island experience one of its sporadic warm spells and by Monday the snow will be but a memory, gurgling down the storm drains.
Going on the assumption that we will not still be shoveling come Monday, we expect that Martha’s Vineyard will resume its normal wintertime tempo. The week kicks off with a pancake breakfast marking Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday – on February 12th at the First Baptist Hall in Vineyard Haven. We can’t help but wonder if State Road Restaurant’s Austin Racine’s stint at Le Roux’s Wednesday food demo will include a ‘how to’ for his ethereal lemon ricotta pancakes. One can always hope.
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s Performing Arts Department treats us to a three day run (February 14-16) of the musical “A Secret Garden” based on the children’s classic of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Music by Lucy Simon;. $10 adults/$7 student/senior.
Lots of folks ask what we, who winter over on the Island, do in the this time of year. Though Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary has no answer to that question as regards the Island’s human population they will present a program “Where Do They Go in The Winter” about the Island’s migrating birds. If yours is an inquiring mind that wants to know the answer, stop by the Tisbury Senior Center on February 14th at 10:30 – 11:30 am and find out.
I’m sure it’s needless to remind you all that Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. If you still haven’t a clue about how to celebrate check out some suggestions from MVOL and enjoy.
The weekend that closes the week ahead also kicks off the three day President’s Day holiday, and as is an MV custom, the MV 20-miler road race will be run in support of the Martha’s Vineyard Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Enjoy the week ahead and the long weekend to come.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Wow it snowed again this weekend! Twice! In all the years I’ve lived here the usual pattern has been: snow throughout Massachusetts, up to the rim of the Cape, and on the Vineyard, rain. We have already gotten more than our fair share of sparkling winter mornings this year and it’s only the first week of February.
While we’re on the topic, apparently the groundhog down in PA has not seen his shadow which is supposed to portend an early spring. Maybe his talents only hold true for PA because I don’t ever recall it working here on the Island where the weather is so frivolous that it changes seasons several times a day, trying on this weather pattern and that until summer settles in ‘round about June.
Both Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown and Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury will be hosting Winter Walks this week. Always a treat, the walks will no doubt benefit from the snow accentuating the winter landscapes in both locations. The Felix Neck Walk on Thursday, February 7th is led by naturalist Susie Bowman. Participants are invited to warm up after with a hot beverage in the Discovery Room. Later in the week, on Saturday, February 9th, Arboretum staff invites you to explore the grounds starting at 10am. The Walk runs for a little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the weather!
If you are more of an armchair adventurer, join Martha’s Vineyard author Laura Wainwright at the Vineyard Haven Library on February 5 for a reading of several essays from her book “ Home Bird: Four Seasons on Martha’s Vineyard.”
Anticipating Valentine’s Day later this month come warm the cockles of your heart at Featherstone Center for the Arts’ opening reception for its annual I ♥ Art Show on Sunday, February 10 from 4 to 6 pm. At is its tradition the Gallery will hold its first show in honor of Valentine’s Day with holiday inspired refreshments. Enjoy the week ahead
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
We begin the week with hopes that temperatures will begin to climb over the coming days. It sure would be nice to get around town without all the boots, scarves, mittens and hats that were necessary last week when heading out to do the briefest errand.
Event-wise the week begins quietly enough but then picks up energy as we head towards the weekend and a new month. On Friday, February 1 PechaKucha Night makes a returns to the Harbor View Hotel. Devised in Japan in 2003, it is an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. All are invited to make their own presentations on a topic of their choice. Reservations are required only if you’d like to present.
On Saturday, February 2 Polly Hill Arboretum reminds us that someday summer will indeed return by offering a blueberry pruning workshop. Susan Murphy, proprietor of Murphy Blueberry Farm in Chilmark, will lead this hands-on workshop in the technique of pruning blueberries from 10am to noon. Learn how proper pruning can stimulate growth to insure a bumper crop of berries on these native Vineyard shrubs. Don’t miss this opportunity to feel smug come summer and you’re able to pick blueberries by the bowlful thanks to this PHA program.
If you haven’t started to make plans for Valentine’s Day yet you might want to get started. Island accommodations and restaurants have been busy planning and have come up with some great options. Out at the Harbor View a free night’s accommodation is your after-dinner treat when dining at Water Street on February 14th. The Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner is priced at $75/pp; to make your reservation and take advantage of this special offer call; 508-627-7000. For more Valentine celebration ideas, click here.
Last week’s snow fall prompted the question: can you cross country ski on MV? A few calls to a few of the Island’s conservation organizations netted a resounding ‘yes!’ Two caveats though: 1) not all trails are ski appropriate so do some research before heading out and 2) parking lots tend not to be plowed. In most cases the amount of snow the accumulating on the Island makes this a non-issues but it’s still good to know. Snow or not, enjoy the week ahead.
Monday, January 21st, 2013
Winter, weather-wise, has finally arrived on Martha’s Vineyard. Last Friday’s snowfall was a welcome sight to Islanders who, pretty
Big Chili Contest Martha's Vineyard
much since the start of the month, were left wondering if winter had passed us by. The snow, powdery and sparse enough in most places to make getting out of the driveway easy brought with it the sun after many dreary days of rain. By Saturday much of the snow had melted and the Island settled in for the week ahead’s spate of cold weather.
Those of you with the day off may want to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy with a day of service on Monday January 21 out at the FARM Institute. Chrissy Kinsman and crew invite us to all to come help them ‘liberate the back where 40’ where all the good, recylable, reusable pieces and parts go to await their next best use on a farm. Come help sort the trash from the treasure or if you’d rather, help with morning chores and farm projects that are ongoing in every season.
Also marking this important day is MLK Day 84th Birthday Celebration Breakfast & Program being held at Vineyard haven’s First Baptist Church. The presentation “Perspective” Reflections on King’s Dream Today will be delivered by by Eric V. Grey former CFO of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and graduate of Harvard Business School. Reservations for breakfast are recommended.
Moving into Tuesday three great events vie for attention: Movie Night at the Vineyard Haven Library, Jazz at Offshore Ale and a MVWN presentation on ‘goal-setting is your personal navigation system to give you direction in your career and your life’ presented by Bonnie Marcus, founder and principal of Women’s Success Coaching.
On Wednesday January 23rd Jesse Martin, from the Park Corner Bistro presents at Le Roux’s popular Cooking Demo and on Thursday the 24th you can catch up with friends and some fine things to eat at the St. Augustine’s and MV Hebrew Center’s weekly Community Potuck.
On the 26th, Chiliheads converge on Martha’s Vineyard for the 27th annual MVY Radio Big Chili Contest. Warm up on a chilly January day - come to sample all the many different kinds of chili at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. If you haven’t bought a ticket in advance, check in at the door just prior to the event when a limited number of tickets are typically available. Enjoy the Week Ahead.
Monday, January 14th, 2013
The week kicks off with open mic night at The Pit Stop where Island talent keeps the creative flow going winter, summer, spring and fall. If you’re not familiar with the space, here’s what the Pitstop has to say about itself on it’s website, thepitstopworkshop.org:
“The Pit Stop Workshop is a local music venue…formerly known as, The Pit Stop Tire Shop… Nina Violet, Willy Mason and a small group of volunteers have re-invented this wonderful space while honoring the history of the building by retaining its namesake and utilizing the spirit of its industrial aesthetic and working class nature”
If you haven’t been, there’s no better time than now.
On Tuesday quell those cravings for Indian food that send so many of us north to Boston or beyond, when the Vineyard Haven Public Library hosts Uma Datta’s demonstration of cooking styles from her native India. Last year the class I attended was packed and I swear the tantalizing aromas were drawing people in from the streets. Sign up early, space is limited.
Don’t you hate it when you get to April and can’t figure out what you did all winter long? Make sure this isn’t you - plan now for the months ahead by signing up for an adult community education course at the High School this Tuesday and Wednesday. Lots of interesting topics from which to choose including college level courses, professional development , health and fitness, history, writing and language arts; check out their on-line catalog. Learning something new is a the perfect cabin fever antidote.
Later in the week, the OB Library holds a geneology workshop on Thursday, January 17th and the VH Library holds its monthly mini book sale where it’s fun to browse and affordable to buy.
Give your holiday-abused body a workout on Saturday, January 19 at Family Dance o Rama where you and the kids can dance, dance, dance. At Dreamland from 5-7 pm. Any energy you’ve got left you can walk off the following day when you join The Trustees for their annual guided hike to the Menemsha Hills Brickyard ruins, the last remnants of a once prosperous Vineyard industry. Pre-registration required; space is limited. Walk is strenuous at times. Sorry to say, no dogs allowed. Enjoy the week ahead!
Monday, January 7th, 2013
So here we are in January. It’s during the first week of the year that the tired opening gambit used as a conversation opener by decades of summer visitors, “You live here year round? What do you do in the winter?” doesn’t sound so trite after all.
What do we do in the winter? Well for starters most of us have jobs that actually expect us to show up regardless of the season. Those with seasonal employment have either left for places that are the flip side of summer or have, over the years, learned to use the ‘off-season’ to catch up or get a head start on all those things that have been, or will be, crying out for attention.
Island kids who make up much of the summer workforce have gone back to school either here or ‘away.’ So for the most part we, like our off-Island counterparts, have only small precious chunks of ‘free’ time. Some of this we spend doing the usual home chores, at the grocery, on the phone, driving kids to the raft of activities that crowd each calendar day regardless of the season.
We go ‘off’ to hit the malls, catch a show or catch up with friends. In short we spend our winters much like anyone else except we do it here in this small circumscribed space. But if you think about it so does everyone: You have your daily round that includes the trip from home to work with maybe a stop to pick up the kids, the groceries or some cash at the bank. Weekends there are movies, and family and maybe some shopping and dinner out. Unless you take a winter vacation, chances are you spend most of your time within a hundred square miles of where you live, as do we, except our hundred square miles ends at the ocean.
So we get to beach-comb, pick up some driftwood, bleached and dried by the summer sun, for the fire at home; rake seaweed to mulch the garden with hopes for a bumper crop of tomatoes and watch snowflakes being swallowed by the waves only to reappear as foam on blustery days. We bake, some of us paint, write or read the darkening hours away. Some of our winter labors show up in Martha’s Vineyard’s art galleries, gift shops, flea markets and the Vineyard Artisans Festivals.
If we are in need of company, almost every day provides at least one way we can connect with one another. A quick look at the MVOL Calendar of Events reveals that we can: ballroom dance on Sundays, drop by the Pit Stop on Mondays for Open Mic Night, warm up at the Chilmark Community Soup Supper on Tuesdays or at a potluck on Thursdays hosted by St Augustine’s Church and the Hebrew Center. This Saturday we can stroll Polly Hill or learn to carve duck decoys at the MV Museum. So that’s what keeps us busy these days…whatever fills your week, we hope you enjoy the Week Ahead.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
New Week Ahead, New Year Ahead. It seems like every year-round restaurant (and then some) on the Island will be open, serving, pouring and celebrating on Monday, December 31. Out in Edgartown the Harbor View Hotel pulls out all the stops with its big New Year gala followed by fireworks over the harbor.
Folks who visit the new MV Film Center will be treated to tapas, a special night of film, live music & dancing with members of the Daytrippers, and as the grand finale, live TV coverage of NYC’s Times Square followed by a midnight toast and song!
For most retailers Monday will be the last day of post Christmas sales. Getting a great bargain is a fun way to cap 2012. The following day, the first of 2013, there are still plenty of options starting with brunch and continuing through dinner. In between, clear out the fumes and greet the great outdoors at Felix Neck’s annual New Year’s Day Walk from at the sleep-in friendly hour of 1-2:30 pm with Naturalist Susie Bowman.
The remainder of the week is mostly focused on recovering from the holidays, returning to our routines and hunkering down to the winter ahead. That said there is a bit of summer lurking in the week ahead on Sunday January 6th as Grace Church embarks on its winter Lobster Roll schedule on the first Sunday of every month. Settle in, savor and dream summer time dreams.
With three theaters now open on the Island spending a wintry evening or weekend afternoon at the movies is even more enticing. Whether your taste runs to new releases, art films or the classics, there’s bound to be something besides the popcorn to lure you out of the house. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity now is a great time to check out the new 3D screenings at Edgartown Cinema and opera fans will be happy to hear that the Capawock is again hosting Opera Sundays at their Vineyard Haven location.
Enjoy the week ahead and happy new year!